Meysam Haghshenas

Meysam Haghshenas

University of North Dakota, USA

Title: Mg nanocomposites: Novel materials of Future


Meysam Haghsenas is currently an assiatnt professor with Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of North Dakota. His areas of resaerch include microstruture/properties/processing corrolations in materails including Mg nanocompsites and additively manufactured metals. He has complited his PhD in 2013 at Western University (UWO) followed by two years as a postdoctoral fellow at University of Waterloo in Canada. Dr. Hagshhenas has published more than 50 papers in reputed journals.           


Ambient and elevated temperature mechanical and physical properties of traditional materials like metals, polymers and ceramics are not able to match expected properties in modern engineering applications. Among metallic materials, magnesium (Mg) possesses the least density and seems an excellent candidate for aerospace and automotive industries; however, the strength and ductility of Mg alloys are relatively poor because of the low symmetry hexagonal close-packed (HCP) internal lattice structure, which significantly hinders their usage. The precipitation hardening of Mg improves the mechanical properties but there are only a few elements which form extended regions of solid solutions with Mg. Therefore, efforts are spent to develop lightweight Mg matrix composites. With the growing availability of ceramic and metallic nanoparticles, the development of new magnesium composites reinforced with nanosize (d<100 nm) partcilces, known as Mg nanocomposites, provides improved mechanical properties, as well as high temperature, corrosion, fatigue and wear properties over magnesium alloys and conventional magnesium composites reinforced with micron-size particles. The use of a small volume fraction of nano-size reinforcements (i.e. ceramic nanoparticles and carbon nano-tubes) has been shown to produce results comparable or even superior to that of matrix materials, and metal matrix composites reinforced with similar or higher volume fraction of micron size reinforcement.